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82020 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying

Supervisors in mining and quarrying supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in underground and surface mining operations and quarries. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines and quarries.


Example titles

  • Fill foreman/woman - underground mining
  • Mine captain
  • Mine foreman/woman
  • Mine supervisor
  • Quarry supervisor
  • Surface mine supervisor
  • Track boss - underground mining
  • Underground mine foreman/woman

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who extract coal, minerals and ore; operate underground conveyances; and perform other services in support of underground mining, or of heavy equipment operators, drillers, blasters and other workers in surface mining and quarrying
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and confer with managerial and technical personnel, other departments and contractors to resolve problems and coordinate activities
  • Oversee the safety of the mining or quarrying operations
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • Prepare production and other reports.

Employment requirements

  • Several years of experience in the occupations supervised are usually required.
  • Provincial certification as an underground mine supervisor, shift boss, or coal mining supervisor may be required.
  • Completion of a college or university program in mining technology or engineering may be required for some positions in this group.
  • Completion of secondary school is required.

Additional information

  • Mobility between surface mining, underground mining, coal or metal mining sectors may be limited by differences in production technologies and licensing requirements.
  • There is mobility between employers, especially for supervisors with post-secondary diplomas or degrees.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations
Major group
82 – Supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Sub-major group
820 – Supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Minor group
8202 – Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas
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